Archive for May, 2011

Sound of a Judas Priest on a Playground Fading

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: gnarly one-offs On: Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

In an typically astute review of the new In Flames disc Sounds of a Playground Fading penned for the issue of Decibel hitting stands right about now, Adrien Begrand argues -- correctly, in my negligible opinion -- that despite the Gothenburg quintet's obvious (and occasionally egregious) missteps, far too much of the band's post-Clayman output is unfairly dismissed out of hand by once-admiring ...

Plop Culture Dump O The Day: Happy Birthday Cee Lo Green

By: jeanne.fury Posted in: pic of the day On: Monday, May 30th, 2011

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Photo: Cee Lo Green, working out his Immortal aspirations. Perhaps our most high-profile Closet Metalhead to date, Cee Lo Green turns 37 today. I had the honor of interviewing him for Decibel #76, and in case you missed it (order it here), here's an excerpt: When I was a kid, we would go out to buy albums and we’d just stare at them, like Eddie from Iron Maiden. It was that artful aspect ...

Kim Carlsson [aka ( )] (Lifelover) interviewed.

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, interviews On: Friday, May 27th, 2011

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Most people are picking up on Lifelover at Konkurs due to the Prophecy re-issue. Is that a good starting point for people interested in Lifelover? Kim Carlsson: Definitely, even though any of our albums would be a good starting-point Konkurs involves many of our trademark elements, so if it's followed by our current release Sjukdom the evolution in this album will of course feel more logical ...

The Lazarus Pit: Korpse’s Pull the Flood

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, lazarus pit, listen On: Friday, May 27th, 2011

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Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don't get nearly enough love, stuff that's essential listening for students of extreme metal that you may not have ever heard of.  Stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  This week, after months of quasi-industrial and American NWOBHM acts, we're covering an ...

Away in the Sea of Red: Isis Remembers Isis Part 2

By: shane.mehling Posted in: featured, videos On: Thursday, May 26th, 2011

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Our second eulogy for dearly departed Metalgazers Isis includes more reminiscing from the band, more photos (again thanks to Mark Dawursk) and an old school live clip from one of our favorite songs. Let's get to it: Bryant Clifford Meyer (Electronics, Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals) For some reason my memory has become slightly out of whack - fragmented and confused. It's frankly ...

Stars Now Beneath Their Feet: Isis Remembers Isis Part One

By: shane.mehling Posted in: featured, interviews On: Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

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It's been almost a year since thinking man's metalheads Isis hung up the reverb pedals, but they have returned, in vinyl form, to celebrate their legacy. Five live albums are set to be released by the band, the first one coming at you this Tuesday, May 31st (pre-order here). And they have sent us video, photos and musings that illustrate a band who was around for a long time but still not quite ...

Justify Your Shitty Taste: Venom’s “Possessed”

By: greg.moffitt Posted in: featured, justify your shitty taste On: Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

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Almost every band has that album: you know, the critically and/or commercially reviled dud in an otherwise passable-to-radical back catalog. Well, every Wednesday morning, a Decibel staffer or special guest will take to the Deciblog to bitch and moan at length as to why everybody’s full of shit and said dud is, in fact, The Shit. Today, one of our more convincing and thorough Justifiers, ...

Ashmedi’s (Melechesh) biographical column & chaotic metaphysical thoughts, Part XVII

By: Chris D. Posted in: diary, featured On: Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

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Here I am back after a long silence. What can I say?! I naively thought I could be writing while on tour... I was wrong. For one, I was sick as a dog during the majority of the European tour, so for the most part the routine was: from bed to stage to bed. Day in. Day out. After the tour, I had a few days off [so I] went to the hospital got checked up and adequate medication. Eventually, I got ...

The Beast of the Apocalypse — “Henosis”

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: listen On: Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

There's a whole lot of scary to live up to when one christens a band The Beast of the Apocalypse, but on Henosis these down and dirty Dutch black metallers give the Dark One a run for his money. The Dictionary of Spiritual Terms defines henosis as "the soul’s purification, accomplished primarily through philosophy, culminates in noetic vision and finally in mystical union," but I feel more ...

STREAMING: Necrodeath “Awakening of Dawn”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, listen On: Monday, May 23rd, 2011

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Metal is pervasive. It has no geographic restrictions. There are few countries worldwide—at least according to Metal Archives—that don’t have a grimace-faced metal act waiting to bash heads in and rebel against the shit that gets ‘em down. Now, I’m sure you’ve heard of Italy’s Necrodeath at one point or another. In fact, you’ve probably said, “Hey, Necrodeath. Cool. But I’d ...